Vice Squad (1953 film)

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Vice Squad
Vice Squad 1953 poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Arnold Laven
Produced by Jules Levy
Arthur Gardner
Sol Lesser (uncredited)
Screenplay by Lawrence Roman
Based on the novel Harness Bull
by Leslie T. White
Starring Edward G. Robinson
Paulette Goddard
Music by Herschel Burke Gilbert
Cinematography Joseph F. Biroc
Edited by Arthur H. Nadel
Sequoia Pictures
Distributed by United Artists
Release date
  • July 18, 1953 (1953-07-18) (Los Angeles)
  • July 31, 1953 (1953-07-31) (United States)
  • August 25, 1953 (1953-08-25) (New York City)
Running time
88 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Vice Squad is a 1953 American film noir crime film directed by Arnold Laven starring Edward G. Robinson and Paulette Goddard.[1]


A married undertaker having an affair, Jack Hartrampf, is a reluctant eyewitness to the shooting of a Los Angeles cop. He does not wish to testify, but captain of detectives "Barney" Barnaby is just as determined.

After a bank robbery pulled by Alan Barkis and his gang, another policeman is gunned down and a bank teller is taken hostage. Escort agency madam Mona Ross is willing to help Barnaby with the case for a fee.

Barnaby places one of Barkis' partners, Marty Kusalich, under arrest until Marty implicates the real killer. Pete Monte steals a boat in an attempt to get Barkis to freedom, but Barnaby and his lieutenant, Lacey, arrive in the nick of time.



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